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Drumroll, Please! And The Winner of This Year’s Pumpkin Decorating Contest is..

IT/Campus Services with Spice Gourds – who spiced up our lives during the week leading up to Halloween.


Congrats, IT/Campus Services!  All the entries were incredible this year.  After being here at Wheelock for several pumpkin decorating contests, I am always impressed by how creative everyone is with their decorations and appreciate that our participants are willing to take the time to bring some mid-autumn cheer into the Library.

Thank you to everyone who entered: Dot Hibbard, the Writing Center, Financial Services, Student Life, IT/Campus Services, and especially Teach Learn Create (TLC), our first and only student organization to join in.   Many of you have asked who made which entries.  Here are the other 5 entries with the names of their decorators.

Entry #2: Skeleton Band

The Writing Center

Entry #3: A tribute to music legends

Financial Services

Entry #1: the Beatles

Dot Hibbard

Entry #4: Phantom of the Opera

Teach Learn Create (TLC)

Entry #5: Student Life

Student Life

Thank you, also, to those who stopped by the Library to vote.  We’re happy that we got so many ballots back.  This contest could not have happened without you either!  There was a raffle for our voters and the winner of that raffle is Geraldine Metogho.  Congrats!



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Group photo of staff participating in Training Day.

Get to Know Our Newest Student Employees

For this week’s blog post, I wanted to give our newest student employees a chance to introduce themselves by sharing a little bit about their experience working at the Library and about the services borrowing325x210located in the Library.

In total, the Library hired 11 new student workers this fall and I could not be more proud of how quickly they acclimated to their positions and proven themselves to be valuable members of the Library staff.

Here is what some of them had to say:

Mariana McNeil – Class of 2019

What you like about working at the Library: I always learn something new through the people that come here.

One service you think other students should know is offered at the Library: The Writing Center

Lauren Parks – Class of 2019

What you like about working at the Library: One thing I like about working at the library is meeting new people and helping patrons.

One service you think other students should know is offered at the Library: The library offers drop-in research help every day from noon to close.

Courtney Stage – Class of 2019

What you like about working at the Library: I like the people I work with and helping others out when needed.

One service you think other students should know is offered at the Library: The Writing Center and Peer Tutoring

Ashley Wight– Class of 2019

What you like about working at the Library: After working at the library for a month and a half, the thing I like most about working there is that I have so much knowledge about all the resources the library can offer.

Nicholas Freni– Class of 2019

What you like about working at the Library: I enjoy my coworkers as well as assisting patrons.

One service you think other students should know is offered at the Library: Peer Tutoring

Virginia Hardy– Class of 2018

What you like about working at the Library: I like a few things about working at the library. First, is that I am able to interact with students and faculty of the Wheelock Community. Second, I have learned new skills in helping patrons, library research, and accessing resources. And third, I get to work in a calm learning environment.

One service you think other students should know is offered at the Library: I think other students should know that the library provides technology and museum passes.

Arianna Saunders– Class of 2018

What you like about working at the Library: : I like floor 2M.

One service you think other students should know is offered at the Library: Peer Tutoring

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Pumpkin Decorating Contest 2015 – Voting Begins Now!

Entries for this year’s Pumpkin Decorating Contest are on display in the case on the first floor of the Library. The theme this year is “Music”.   Our participants have all done an amazing job.  Cast your vote for your favorite entry.

Ballots are available at the Library Service Desk; voting starts today through Thursday, October 29.  Everyone who votes will be entered in a raffle to win a Halloween goody bag. The winner of the best display and of the raffle will be announced Friday, October 30If you cannot make it to the Library, you may also email your vote to

Pumpkins with their contest numbers.  Click to expand image.

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Introducing Dorothy Hibbard


Name: Dorothy (Dot) Hibbard

Job title:  Access Services Associate

Location in Library: 1M

Tell us what you do in 50 words or less:

Whether you’re looking for a fun children’s book, a pass to a local museum, a laptop to borrow, in-depth research help, or just a stapler, I’m here to answer all your questions and connect you with the right library staff member to help you meet your needs.

Choose one service that your department provides that you most want the Wheelock community to be aware of:

Access Services manages the display cases on the first floor of the library. We like to showcase resources that the library has to offer that coincide with the goings-on around campus, so we often collaborate with different departments and student organizations in order to make displays that are relevant to the Wheelock community. If you are a Wheelock community member that has a great idea for a library display, send me an email. I love to hear suggestions!

What is a typical work day like for you?

I spend my mornings at the front desk, working face to face with students to help them get the most out of their library experience. I can help students find books and articles, locate items within our collection, and troubleshoot printing issues. In the afternoon I can be found in the Access Services office on floor 1M, where I am scheming up fun new ideas to make the library more accessible to our patrons.

What is your favorite website?

Sporcle is a great quiz website that lets you challenge your knowledge on pretty much any topic you can think of! I like to use it to remind myself how good I am at Harry Potter Trivia

What is your favorite book in the Wheelock Library collection?

I’m a serial reader. One installment just isn’t enough. I love to ready stories that go on for books and books. I can’t imagine that a series could ever replace Harry Potter as my all-time favorite.

That being said, Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials trilogy (The Golden Compass, The Subtle Knife and The Amber Spyglass) came shockingly close. It is an absolute masterpiece of science fantasy, with a darker and more philosophical storyline than most Juvenile literature. If you are a Fantasci-fi nerd like me, definitely give Pullman a read.

When I’m not at work, you can find me…

Wandering the Impressionism Gallery at the MFA, drawing or painting in my tiny apartment, or relaxing with a good book and my two lazy cats.

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One City One Story

ocos1Each year, the Boston Book Festival makes a short story available to all, free of charge, to spread the joy of reading for pleasure among the teens and adults of our city. This year’s short story is “Home Movie” written by Jennifer De Leon. This story, focusing on a Guatemalan wife and husband living in Boston with their children, explores themes of immigration, home, and memory.

Copies of “Home Movie” are available for free at the Wheelock College Library. Digital copies, as well as Spanish, Russian, Portuguese, and Mandarin translations are available at the One City One Story website. Join one of the discussions that are happening at several Boston Public Library locations or organize your own! The website has some great questions to help you get the conversation started.

For more information about this year’s One City One Story selection, author, events, and the Boston Book Festival happening on October 24th, visit the Boston Book festival website at


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